UK-based workers are aware of remote working security risks, but half would still access a network insecurely

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More than half of Europeans admit that they would access a network insecurely whilst working remotely.

More than half of Europeans admit that they would access a network insecurely whilst working remotely.

Research by NCP engineering found that 52 per cent of Europeans would access a network insecurely whilst working remotely, of which 47 per cent were from the UK. Also, 82 per cent of information-based workers in the UK said that they knew the potential IT security risks when online and 90 per cent felt that working securely whilst remotely is important.

Calling the attitude and approach lax, NCP engineering director Simon Ford said that the results were very disheartening, particularly as data security has become a major concern for the UK over the last few years, with cases reported where data has been lost or leaked due to employees accessing data via an insecure network.

He said: “There is clearly some work to be done and it appears that organisations are not taking IT security seriously. Over a quarter (28 per cent) said that they would advise their employer to implement a secure network but would still access the network insecurely if they needed to.

“Organisations need to be equipping their employees with a holistic virtual private network solution and an authentication tool to ensure secure operations when dealing with company and personal information both in and out of the office. This way, organisations can maintain high productivity levels for mobile workers as well as comply with specific regulatory requirements.

“Furthermore, a fully automatic remote access solution can be installed at a dramatically lower total cost of ownership, so with this in mind organisations need to start taking IT security seriously or risk their reputation, which has taken years to build, being destroyed in moments.”

NCP engineering surveyed 300 information-based workers across the UK, France and Germany.

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